The Sports, Academic, Fine Arts and Enrichment Fund (SAFE) provides financial assistance to at-risk/low income students who want to participate in school sponsored extra-curricular activities, but otherwise could not due to financial constraints of their family/parents/guardians.  In 2023, SAFE is underwritten by an anonymous donor.

Program Goals/Objectives

To enrich student’s lives and positively impact their educational experience though participation in school-sponsored extra curricular activities.

Increase the number of at-risk students participating in activities.

Remove financial barriers related to program fees, equipment needs, and transportation costs.

Application Process

A confidential request process on behalf of students may be done by Cedar Rapids Community School District employees such as teachers, coaches, counselors, facilitators, or principals. Application is found below.

Program Outline

“Without the gracious support of the SAFE program, many of Metro’s innovative and far-reaching extracurricular programs would not be possible. The foundation’s support ensures that all students in our building, regardless of socioeconomics, have access to programs like Outdoor Education, Theater, Chess, Guitar, and Robotics.”

Chuck Tonelli, Teacher, Metro High School

Funds can be applied towards but are not limited to:

Sports: equipment and uniform needs, etc.

Academics: tuition or transportation costs associated with Discover Summer School, Academic Decathlon, or other “extra” academic programs.

Fine Arts: costs for All-State attendance, visual arts experiences, instrument rental, speech programs, etc.

Enrichment: participation and/or equipment needs for activities such as LEGO League, Future City, FIRST Robotics, etc.